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Infants and Nature

Babies and Nature
Date: May 17, 2016
Author: Heather Fox
Those who work with infants know that babies plus nature equals joyful learning. We tend to keep this age group indoors all too often, however, missing many learning opportunities.

The Potential of Playdough

Date: May 10, 2016
Playdough is fun. The soft, colored dough is a staple in most early childhood classrooms, but does it receive the attention it deserves as a valuable tool to prepare kids for school? The malleable properties of playdough make it appealing for exploration and creativity while at the same time...

Children and Screen Media

Screen Time
Date: May 03, 2016
Author: Shannon Lockhart
In a technology-driven age, infants’ and toddlers’ exposure to “screen time” is a hot topic. As caregivers in the classroom, we may be pressured by parents who use screen media with their children at home—parents who would like us to help their children acquire...

Laying the Groundwork

Outdoor play
Date: April 19, 2016
Author: Lauren Maples
Time in nature should not be seen as just a luxury; it is an important platform for learning and development.

Ten Rainy Day Activities

Rain Activities
Date: April 12, 2016
Rainy weather offers a deluge of new experience that are not to be missed! Here's ten ideas to get you started.

Creating a Soundscape for Young Children

Date: April 05, 2016
Author: Renee Bock
Early childhood teachers are intentional in creating physical environments for children, but we often overlook the soundscape, not realizing it is there. However, the landscape of sound that surrounds a child is an important learning domain.

Building Literacy with Lullabies

Date: March 08, 2016
Author: Lois Ingellis and Arlene Rider
From their very first days, infants need to be surrounded by a language-rich environment. There's no better way to do this than the age-old practice of singing lullabies and reciting nursery rhymes.

Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

Nature Preschool
Date: March 01, 2016
Author: David Sobel
In the face of this indoor-ification of early childhood, a cultural and educational movement is emerging—focused on new approaches to nature-based education. This movement offers us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creations of the children’s garden: the nature preschool and the forest kindergarten.

The Project Approach and STEM

Date: February 23, 2016
Author: Sylvia Chard
Two well-known approaches, project-based learning and STEM-based learning, hold to the common philosophy that children learn best when engaged in authentic and relevant activities. While they both have value on their own, when combined they form an even more powerful tool for education.

Raising Intelligent Children

Raising self-reliant kids
Date: February 09, 2016
Author: Gina Fontana & Ralph Barrett
What can educators and parents do to ensure that children are provided with the proper tools to succeed in today's society?

Making Time for Boredom

Benefits of Boredom
Date: January 26, 2016
Author: Judith Pack
Boredom is useful in that it compels children to invent, to switch gears, to think of something new, and to learn to enjoy their own company. What happens if children are not given the chance to "be bored"?

Ten Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter activities
Date: January 12, 2016
Enjoying the outdoors is not limited to the summer months. Winter offers a host of thrilling activities and adventures for children. Wearing appropriate clothing is key to being able to enjoy the winter weather so make sure the kids are bundled up to keep warm and dry. Here are 10 activities to...

Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior

challenging behaviors
Date: January 05, 2016
Author: Jennifer Fiechtner and Kay Albrecht
As a teacher, it’s important to understand why children may act out in times of stress and how you can handle these behaviors in ways that support emotional development.

Connecting Animals and Children

Animals and Children
Date: November 10, 2015
Author: Patty Born Selly
Something special seems to happen to children in the presence of animals. They are calmer, more curious, and more joyful. Why?

Beyond Science

Beyond Science
Date: October 06, 2015
Author: Dr. Ruth Wilson
There's little doubt that the natural world is a great place to learn science. But, we also know that the benefits of nature for children go far beyond academic learning.


Date: September 22, 2015
Author: Jennifer Fiechtner and Kay Albrecht
Learning to handle transitions is an important life skill.

Empowering Mathematical Minds

Date: September 08, 2015
Author: Pradnya Patet
Research shows that early math skills may be a better indicator of later academic success than early reading skills. So how should teachers prepare young children for math education?

Science is Wonder

Science is Wonder
Date: August 25, 2015
Author: Mike Huber
The best way to teach science to preschoolers is to inspire them to wonder. Let them be scientists. Let them come up with questions. Let them explore. What’s in the Box? In my book, All in One Day, the teacher, Walter, hands each child a box that is taped shut. There is something inside and...

Constructive Play

Constructive play
Date: August 11, 2015
Author: Francis Wardle
Constructive play is what young children do naturally. While other forms of play can be justified as preparing children for later academic and life successes, constructive play should be encouraged and supported because it lets children simply be children.

Engineering Experiences in Early Childhood

Date: July 28, 2015
Author: Betty Zan & Beth Van Meeteren
When children are absorbed in play and problem solving, they are naturally engaging in engineering experiences.
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